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March turnout 'testament' to public feeling over NHS, says founder

The number of people joining the NHS march is testament to public feeling over the service according to the march founder. Rehana Azam and Joan Keane from GMB Union set off from Barnsley Hospital along with other campaingners on the latest leg of a march to London that echoes the Jarrow march of 1936. They will take a letter to Nick Clegg's office in Sheffield highlighting concerns about health cuts.

NHS campaigners set off on 'Jarrow' march

Campaigners fighting to save the NHS have set off from Barnsley Hospital on the latest leg of a march to London that echoes the Jarrow march of 1936.

NHS campaigners set off from Barnsley hospital Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The group are heading for Sheffield where there will be a rally later today. They want the Government to reverse what they claim is a sell off of the NHS to private firms and see services increased for patients.


Council defend use of body cameras to tackle litter louts

Barnsley Council have a new weapon in the fight against litter louts. They are giving the council's enforcement officers body cameras to catch offenders in the act.

It is part of the authority's zero tolerance approach to the problem but it is coming under fire from civil liberties groups who say the body cams are unnecessary and intrusive. Here's Martin Fisher.


Pressure group criticises council over body cameras

A privacy pressure group has criticised a Yorkshire council for equipping enforcement officers with body cameras.

Barnsley Council enforcement officers try out new body cameras Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Thirteen Barnsley Council officers will be patrolling the town's streets to clamp down on issues like littering and dog fouling.

But Big Brother Watch says video recording of less serious offences is a step too far.

Barnsley Councillor Linda Burgess and Emma Carr from Big Brother Watch have been speaking to Calendar.

Firefighters rescue boy from lake in Barnsley

Firefighters have rescued a boy from the lake at Dearne Valley Park in Barnsley.

They were called just before 5pm to reports of a young boy in difficulty.

Two fire crews from Cudworth and Dearne stations were quickly on the scene along with two Water Rescue Units.

Firefighters entered the water, rescued the boy and administered CPR at the scene until paramedics arrived.

The boy, who is believed to be around 9 years old, was taken by ambulance to hospital.

Group Manager Andy Hayter said; “This was a multi agency response to reports of a young lad in the water. Our firefighters did an incredible job to rescue him, assisted by Police Officers, and provided emergency first aid at the scene.”

Crews left the scene at 5:40pm.

Extra security at Barnsley train station for pensioners' protest

Extra security has been put on at Barnsley train station today as around 60 pensioners held a protest over the withdrawal of free travel.

Extra security guards at Barnsley train station Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The guards were on hand to ensure the pensioners who call themselves 'freedom riders' did not board a train without paying.

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